River Bridge Trainers

Meghan Hurley, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist

For the past fifteen years, Meghan Hurley Backofen, LCSW, has specialized in providing mental health treatment to child sexual abuse survivors and their families. Meghan is the Core Sexual Abuse Treatment Provider for Garfield County Department of Human Services and works out of the River Bridge Regional Center.  This children’s advocacy center serves Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Rio Blanco Counties in rural Colorado. This experience has helped Meghan develop expertise in working with victimized children and their non-offending caregivers.  Meghan is passionate about using evidence-based modalities and is a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy provider.  In addition to providing therapy, Meghan coordinates referrals to find clients appropriate mental health providers.  She also works to respond to and prevent child sexual abuse by training mental health providers, community agencies, and parents. 

 

Children and families that have been exposed to abuse and violence are often traumatized.  Unfortunately, many providers lack the expertise needed to respond in a trauma informed way. Meghan trains community agencies in dispelling common myths about sexual abuse and knowing how to respond when their clients disclose.  Meghan offers parents 10 Tips on how to prevent child sexual abuse and trains professionals working with the Multi-Disciplinary Team on adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed practices.  Meghan is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. She teaches Trauma and Recovery course for their Masters of Social Work students. 


Mental Health Therapist
Garfield County Department of Human Services